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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

RJFerret Re:Firefox (224 comments)

I've been using HTML5 w/Firefox for a while now, and I also have Flashblock, which I have to click first to get the vids to play (despite their caching, which gets discarded upon clicking the flash to play).

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

RJFerret Re:Pay up and quit whining (429 comments)

I don't see anyone else mentioning the VerticalMouse, which not only is more comfortable but also has three actual buttons plus the wheel button and others, all customizable.

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

RJFerret Re: Because it sucks (209 comments)

Heck no, the whole benefit of G+ is the privacy, not spamming people you care about with things they don't, control.

it's great there isn't a ton of useless public content there, there is no noise, all signal. I post multiple times daily, but nobody knows that since only the relevant people can see the message.

It's replaced email, texting, twitter, phoning, become an actul useful communication medium with nothing to complain about.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

RJFerret Silence (790 comments)

When planes were grounded for Sept. 11th, I went out hiking in the largest natural area around (to get away from road noise) and heard something I'd never heard my entire life, the closest I'd come was underground caving.

I currently hear the whine of LED lights, hum of fans, the fridge, a plane, road noise, not counting neighbors' direct noises (car doors, thankfully not too many pets, and the like).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

RJFerret Re: Simplest is best (259 comments)

In my case that would be trips/Hawaii_grandma-2013-03-04 as I wouldn't have a clue when. Most OS folder sorts help there though, some more than others.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

RJFerret Re: Simplest is best (259 comments)

This. Structure based on how you tend to look for things. For example, I put trip photos in their own folder as I associate them with a trip. Photos that fit a subject go in an appropriate main folder. I'm an ISTx MBTI type so name things literally which also helps search. Not only do I have pics dating back to the 80s but also was a professional video editor starting with one of the first broadcast quality non-linear editing systems, meaning being able to find a visual by name from scrolling, as no search. So I give everything a descriptive name and iterate based on revisions, a habit from my image editing days. This makes easy to find what you are looking for in specific resolutions or treatments.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

RJFerret Re:You're Doing It Wrong (567 comments)

Regardless though, unless your monitor is filling your entire field of view those limits are irrelevant.

*facepalm

I guess this reinforces you couldn't see the first point. And yes, the width of my screens is greater than my possible vertical view. No, my monitor can't be too close, I'm old--thanks for that reminder. Also, physically there's a keyboard, touchpad, mouse, edge of desk, between me and any display. In the future, reading glasses could technically permit a closer monitor, but further reduce the vertical range of vision, especially bifocals.

Note, this all presumes you are human, if you are a spider, with some eyes above others rather than side by side, you'd still have a greater horizontal field of view than vertical, although fewer issues with your carapace physically obstructing your view.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

RJFerret Re:You're Doing It Wrong (567 comments)

LOL, really? Seriously? *smh. Block one eye, measure the linear distance you can perceive with a single one top to bottom. Compare and note how much more periphery you have side to side. (Note, variations to this would be impacted by how prominent your nose is, as well as your brow ridge, really puffy/protruding cheeks could minimize top to bottom too.)

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

RJFerret Re:You're Doing It Wrong (567 comments)

Also my eyes are side by side, so my field of view is "landscape" in nature. Even were I blind in one eye, my single eye field of view is wider than tall.

Back in the 90s is was popular for desktop publishing to use portrait monitors, until they found they could simply have as much vertical resolution with more space on the side...higher res landscape monitors.

about a month and a half ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

RJFerret Ignore, false mod (528 comments)

Ignore, undoing a stray bad mod click.

about 2 months ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

RJFerret Cash (375 comments)

You won't be playing badminton at the clubs without cash.

Most people who pay me don't have bank accounts, it's either cash or money orders.

Gas for the car? Cheaper via cash. This becomes all the larger when gas prices are higher.

Car repairs? You'd be a fool to pay electronically, when the discount for cash gives you $20 back for small services, and multiples of that for large.

Drinks at the bar? Cash means faster service, more value to your tips, less problems/complaints on tabs.

Meanwhile, every other month I know folks who have dropped phones in the toilet, lost, broken, had their phone stolen, or the person paying for their phone service doesn't, so it gets shut off. Only once in my dozen years of doing my job has a client lost her purse.

I laugh every time these articles get posted here, as there are entire segments of society for whom this would not function.

about 2 months ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

RJFerret Nematode brain in machine (455 comments)

Meanwhile a week ago nematodes reached the singularity, when folks mapped the roundworms' 300+ synaptic connections into a Lego robot, which proceeded to react to moving toward a wall in similar fashion to biological nematodes.

about 2 months ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

RJFerret Jumped the shark... (164 comments)

I'd say Discovery has now truly jumped the shark, except snakes can't exactly jump, and aren't sharks.

about 3 months ago
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A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

RJFerret Re:Article comments (136 comments)

*nods... "I took the bike for a ride at the Cambridge office and offer this review."

That's factually untrue. This is nothing more than a promo, there is one line that it took longer for a ten minute trip (but not how much longer) or why.

Where's the review? Where's the experience? Comparisons? Where's anything that gives any idea of what it's like other than how much it weighs? (Simply declaring it'll feel different because they are tweaking it doesn't count.)

Were this "review" on Amazon I'd answer, "no, this purported review was not helpful at all".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

RJFerret Against it getting dark at 4:00pm (613 comments)

I've always wanted to stay on DST year round. I've never seen the point in getting up to go to work in the dark, and it getting dark before leaving the office. Why not go to work in the dark and have some time outside at the end of the day? Why have "high noon" occur way before noon? (Admittedly, if you live on the tail end of a timezone, it'll be closer to noon when the sun's highest.) OK, so there were some farming rationals back when we were an agricultural nation, or energy saving theories and stuff, but nowadays, let's just be practical.

about 3 months ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

RJFerret G+? (167 comments)

So it's trying to be Google+ without the popularity? Oh, but pay for aspects of it directly?

about 3 months ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

RJFerret Re:Simple solution (304 comments)

This, you can't "cheat" on me since I give you permission. (Of course, that doesn't mean my trust can't be betrayed in other ways, or attempts to manipulate me, etc., but there's less emotional agita.)

about 3 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

RJFerret Re:People (481 comments)

Although some aren't capable of opening jars.

about 4 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

RJFerret Re:People (481 comments)

Cannibals obviously don't draw the line there. Of course from a disease prevention basis, it's frowned upon. I'd eat non-toxic aliens that were smarter than humans if tasty, affordable, nutritious and convenient to prepare. Other beings on this planet happily eat humans regardless of whether we're more intelligent or not. What does intelligence of food have to do with sustenance? I've never heard of such a debate.

about 4 months ago

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Service data mining photos shared online for brands.

RJFerret RJFerret writes  |  about a year ago

RJFerret (1279530) writes "The company Ditto is pitching its service to data mine brands displayed in photos shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler, providing data on "who is using or wearing a brand and how influential they are within their network", where they use certain brands compared to competitors, and promises to reveal "an interest-graph for each person, and for the network of people who use your product. This interest-graph informs how to target and engage the most influential users of your product." Additionally, "social photos are like a 24/7 focus group. We found that Gatorade wasn’t just consumed during exercise, but by teens during meals." Singularity Hub indicates they are also using "emotion recognition algorithms to report what the people in the photograph are most likely feeling."

It makes me glad my various social spheres share discretely via Google+, does awareness of these types of activities alter your inclination to share or display brand items publicly?"

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Zeus "Ray Gun" Strikes Down Unexploded Ord

RJFerret RJFerret writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RJFerret (1279530) writes "As reported in The Economist, mounted in the back of a Humvee is a "directed-energy weapon" (laser gun to the rest of us) to allow detonating unexploded ordnance from 300 meters away, in lieu of using rocket propelled grenades or exposing troops to sniper fire. More science-fiction becoming reality in one "undisclosed theater of war"."
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Google's Lively going to be lifeless

RJFerret RJFerret writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RJFerret (1279530) writes "Half a year of Google's Lively was enough. They have announced in their blog that they are pulling the virtual plug come end of December (they encourage taking screenshots and videos to capture users' hard work). This news despite Slashdot's recent coverage of an interview suggesting plans to open Lively to developers and a future roadmap, our previous comments were only so favorable after we talked about the launch. So apparently bringing 3D environments into a browser is not as marketable as they hoped? Or is this also a sign that environments such as Second Life might have limited application despite their continuing growth? Or might they be turning their attention to core business as the blog post declares, or possibly planning Google Life instead?"
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Tennis balls are faster than our brains...

RJFerret RJFerret writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RJFerret (1279530) writes "As reported in BBC News Health from an article in Current Biology (pay for article), tennis line judges are foiled by their brain's perception, calling in balls "out" incorrectly more often. In studying video of 4000 random calls, of 83 incorrect, 70 of those were called out. Is it "gaming" umpires brains to exploit this perceptual bias via technological challenge systems if players use them more when balls are called "out"?"

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